2021 tables: Institutions - chemistry - corporate

The 2021 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2019 Share 2020 Count 2020 Change in Adjusted Share 2019-2020*
1 Merck & Co., Inc., United States of America (USA) 25.90 28.64 53 10.4%
2 F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Switzerland 12.27 18.05 32 46.8%
3 Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), United States of America (USA) 11.77 15.45 31 30.9%
4 IBM Corporation, United States of America (USA) 11.19 13.01 30 16.0%
5 AstraZeneca plc, United Kingdom (UK) 17.28 11.98 54 -30.8%
6 Toyota Group, Japan 12.75 10.75 25 -15.8%
7 Pfizer Inc., United States of America (USA) 9.17 9.13 25 -0.7%
8 GlaxoSmithKline plc. (GSK), United Kingdom (UK) 5.84 9.00 31 53.7%
9 Bruker Corporation, United States of America (USA) 4.78 7.51 34 56.9%
10 Novartis International AG, Switzerland 14.91 7.46 26 -50.0%
11 BASF SE, Germany 3.64 6.76 26 85.3%
12 Johnson & Johnson, United States of America (USA) 6.27 6.40 17 1.9%
13 Exxon Mobil Corporation (ExxonMobil), United States of America (USA) 4.30 6.27 21 45.4%
14 Samsung Group, South Korea 4.67 5.85 30 24.9%
15 Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., United States of America (USA) 6.77 5.82 33 -14.1%
16 Dow Inc., United States of America (USA) 5.62 5.76 24 2.2%
17 China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), China 6.54 5.20 84 -20.7%
18 FiberHome Technologies Group, China 6.03 5.00 57 -17.2%
19 WuXi AppTec, China 0.92 4.47 11 386.1%
20 Sanofi, France 1.65 4.33 14 161.2%
21 Hitachi, Ltd., Japan 0.41 4.20 14 928.9%
22 AbbVie Inc., United States of America (USA) 4.72 4.16 7 -12.0%
23 Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., United States of America (USA) 2.54 4.00 4 57.4%
24 Waters Corporation, United States of America (USA) 3.97 3.84 9 -3.3%
25 Chengdu Institute of Organic Chemistry (CIOC), CAS, China 1.22 3.81 12 212.0%
26 China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina), China 2.88 3.42 14 18.4%
27 Novo Nordisk A/S, Denmark 1.28 3.36 5 162.9%
28 Bayer AG, Germany 3.51 3.34 18 -5.2%
29 Eli Lilly and Company, United States of America (USA) 4.26 3.10 20 -27.5%
30 Amgen Inc., United States of America (USA) 3.95 2.98 7 -24.7%
31 Biogen Inc., United States of America (USA) 2.24 2.88 3 28.0%
32 Total S.A., France 0.82 2.81 11 241.4%
33 Formosa Plastics Group, Taiwan 1.00 2.51 5 150.1%
34 Shimadzu Corporation, Japan 3.49 2.48 8 -28.9%
35 Rigaku Corporation, Japan 2.63 2.47 17 -6.2%
36 HitGen Inc., China 1.00 2.46 5 145.5%
37 C. H. Boehringer Sohn AG & Co. KG (Boehringer Ingelheim), Germany 3.85 2.32 8 -39.8%
38 Danaher Corporation, United States of America (USA) 0.89 2.16 7 143.0%
39 Microsoft Corporation, United States of America (USA) 1.47 2.15 6 46.1%
40 Jinchuan Group Co., Ltd., China 4.57 2.08 13 -54.5%
41 FujiFilm Corporation, Japan 0.22 2.05 6 822.5%
42 China National Tobacco Company (CNTC), China 3.01 1.99 12 -34.2%
43 XtalPi Inc., United States of America (USA) 1.95 4 N/A
44 Solvay S.A., Belgium 1.24 1.93 5 55.5%
45 Intellectual Ventures Management, LLC, United States of America (USA) 1.88 2 N/A
46 Enamine Ltd., Ukraine 0.95 1.83 4 92.7%
47 China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China 0.46 1.82 10 291.9%
48 China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), China 1.35 1.82 13 33.8%
49 UCB S.A., Belgium 3.20 1.78 11 -44.5%
50 Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., United States of America (USA) 1.67 2 N/A

Footnote

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*The change in adjusted Share accounts for the small annual variation in the total number of articles in Nature Index journals. Share values have been adjusted to 2020 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.